The first consignments of urgently-needed powdered milk -- part of 30,000 tons donated by the European Economic Community(EEC) -- are on their way by air to drought-stricken states in West Africa.
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Background: The first consignments of urgently-needed powdered milk -- part of 30,000 tons donated by the European Economic Community(EEC) -- are on their way by air to drought-stricken states in West Africa.
Upper Volta -- where about 600,000 people are affected -- and the neighbouring state of Niger are among the first of six Francophone countries in West Africa to benefit from the free airlift.
The EEC's Council of Ministers on 15 may voted to add the powdered milk to 50,000 tons of cereals it had earlier decided to send to Mali, Chad, Senegal, Niger, Upper Volta and Mauritania.
Particular concern has been expressed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAD) over conditions in Upper Volta, where wholesale destruction of the livestock on which the country's economy hinges is threatened. Upper Volta will also receive 9,000 tons of sorghum form the United States, 3,000 tons of corn meal form the U.N. World Food Programme and 5,000 tons of cattle fodder form the European Development Fund.
In Niger, about 800,000 of the country's 4,000,000 population have been hit by the drought. Twenty per cent of the population is nomadic, living in remote areas difficult to reach by road. Because of this, and similar conditions in the other countries affected, the EEC has appealed for member states to supply aircraft to deliver the gifts of foodstuffs.
Altogether, about 7,500,000 people in the six West African states have been hit by the drought. The EEC's aid programme to those countries is expected to cost 52,000,000 US dollars (20,000,000 sterling) this year.